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Pan African reports higher output, lower debt, upped guidance, intensified dividend intent 

By: Martin Creamer     10th July 2020 Despite the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, Pan African Resources on Friday reported higher gold production, lower debt, good safety, environmental progress, project advances and intensified dividend intent. In an operational update for the year ended June 30, the London-,... 

Pan African board approves development of 10 MW solar plant at Elikhulu 

By: Martin Creamer     10th July 2020 The board of gold-mining company Pan African has approved the development of a 10 MW solar photovoltaic project at the Elikhulu gold-from-tailings operation in Evander, Mpumalanga, the London-, Johannesburg- and now also New York-listed Pan African stated on Friday. Earlier this month, the... 

Pan African board approves development of 10 MW solar plant at Elikhulu
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Gold pour at Elikhulu gold plant.

Smart solution to Covid-19 business recovery

By: Tracy Hancock     10th July 2020 The online Smart Mining resource centre from digital solutions innovation hub Axora has piqued the interest of African mining companies, particularly those in South Africa. Axora chief commercial officer Dr Nick Mayhew says these companies mainly mine precious metals. 

Smart solution to Covid-19  business recovery
TECHNOLOGY THEMES Tech-enabled ore sorting, autonomous machinery and remote monitoring for health and safety are some of the specific technology themes emerging as key priorities

Mines focus on existing assets

By: Tracy Hancock     10th July 2020 Few of the capital projects planned for the development of new African mines will go ahead this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the resultant uncertainty, says project management, engineering and consulting company Wood’s mining and minerals business development manager for Europe, the... 

Mines focus on existing assets
GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY Wood has received requests from Ghana’s gold mines, owing to the high gold price

Mining without Covid-19 safeguards harmful to communities

By: Tracy Hancock     10th July 2020 Keeping mining operations Covid-19-free is crucial because all mine personnel return to different communities, which can extend the spread of the infectious disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 over long distances, says global design firm Stantec global mining business line leader Jon Treen. “Several... 

Mining without Covid-19 safeguards harmful  to communities
SAFETY MATTERS Masks make up and important part of personal protective equipment in the age of Covid-19

Workforce plan invaluable in crisis

By: Tracy Hancock     10th July 2020 Having an actionable and implementable workforce plan in these uncertain times is more important than ever, says workforce development solutions provider Immersive Technologies Europe, Middle East and Africa and Commonwealth of Independent States regional VP Johan Stemmet. “It is core to any... 

Workforce plan invaluable in crisis
BREAKING BOUNDARIES The Remote Training Station solution enhances physical distancing while preserving quality outcomes and learning engagement

Coronal capping design being completed for Namibian mine

By: Tracy Hancock     10th July 2020 Rope access specialist Skyriders is preparing to install a new coronal capping, with its design in the process of being finalised, for two smokestacks at a mine in Namibia. The company secured the contract earlier this year, having had previous experience with this client in 2018 when it... 

Coronal capping design being completed for Namibian mine
TIME’S UP The coronal capping structures for two smokestacks had reached the end of their service life, and it was deemed necessary to replace them

Minerals Council expresses deep sadness at loss of 28 colleagues to Covid  

By: Martin Creamer     9th July 2020 Minerals Council South Africa health head Dr Thuthula Balfour on Thursday expressed deep sadness at the loss of 28 colleagues to Covid-19 and stated that research was being conducted to understand what makes people particularly vulnerable to the pandemic and what can be done to prevent the... 

Minerals Council expresses deep sadness at loss of 28 colleagues to Covid
Minerals Council South Africa’s Covid-19 update covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

South Africa’s July Ndlovu to chair World Coal Association 

By: Martin Creamer     9th July 2020 South Africa’s July Ndlovu has been appointed the chairperson of the World Coal Association (WCA), Mining Weekly can today report. Ndlovu, who heads Anglo American’s coal business in South Africa, takes up the position at a time when, in his words, “the role of responsible coal is front and... 

South Africa’s July Ndlovu to chair World Coal Association
Photo by World Coal Association
July Ndlovu and Michelle Manook.

First 1 100 foreign mineworkers scheduled to cross back into South Africa 

By: Martin Creamer     8th July 2020 The first batch of 1 100 foreign mineworkers was scheduled to cross back into South Africa on Tuesday, Mining Weekly can report. This is part of a total of 12 500 gold and platinum workers returning from Mozambique, Lesotho and Eswatini, formerly Swaziland. 

First 1 100 foreign mineworkers scheduled to cross back into South Africa
Mineworkers being transported in response to Covid-19.

Covid death toll on mines rises to 21, positive cases at 3 119 

By: Martin Creamer     7th July 2020 The Covid-19 death toll in the mining industry has risen to 21, Minerals Council South Africa recorded on its website on Tuesday, with the number of Covid-positive cases totalling 3 119. Platinum mining, which employs the most people, continues to have the largest number of Covid deaths so far at... 

Covid death toll on mines rises to 21, positive cases at 3 119
Photo by MINERALS COUNCIL SOUTH AFRICA
Mining industry's Covid statistics.

South African govt initiates process of developing societal hydrogen roadmap  

By: Martin Creamer     7th July 2020 South Africa’s Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) has initiated a process, with other government and industry stakeholders, to develop a roadmap that will lead South Africa towards a hydrogen society, Mining Weekly can today report. The aim is to create a policy document that will inform... 

South African govt initiates process of developing societal hydrogen roadmap
South African government initiates development of societal hydrogen roadmap

Displacement continuing at copper mine where openpit give way is imminent 

By: Martin Creamer     6th July 2020 Vertical and horizontal displacement is continuing at the Nchanga Open Pit Cut 2 in Chingola in Zambia, where geo-technical assessments point to an imminent collapse of a portion of the open pit – but the anticipated slough had not happened by late Sunday when Mining Weekly spoke by phone to... 

Displacement continuing at copper mine where openpit give way is imminent
Photo by Creamer Media
Konkola Copper Mines CEO Chris Sheppard.

Death toll rises above 160 in Myanmar jade mine collapse

By: Reuters     3rd July 2020 The death toll in a landslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar has risen above 160, with more feared dead, authorities said on Friday, as search efforts continued for a second day. A heap of mining waste collapsed into a lake on Thursday and buried many workers under mud and water. 

Bigger, stronger filters advance tailings solution

By: Theresa Bhowan     3rd July 2020 Mining equipment manufacturer Metso has sought to advance its tailings management solution by launching the bigger and stronger VPX filter. 

Bigger, stronger filters advance tailings solution
OPTIMAL FILTRATION The VPX filter treats slurry materials, thereby increasing economic efficiency and social responsibility

Company continues global growth

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd July 2020 Following growth in Australia, as well as expansions into other countries, Australian mining and heavy equipment trader Components Only is focusing on continuing its momentum in terms of global growth. “About 30% of our revenue is now international. Our international expansion is twofold – to... 

Company continues global growth
EARTHMOVING COMPONENTS IMPORTING Currently, Components Only is a net importer of product for many countries the company works with

Automation technology solution can help smaller mines

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd July 2020 Earthmoving technology supplier Caterpillar’s new cloud-based technology platform, MineStar Edge, can be used to manage production cost effectively, particularly on small surface mines. “Many smaller mines rely on people, often haul truck operators, to manually record production information on... 

Automation technology solution  can help smaller mines
MINESTAR EDGE Automating the production recording process and provides access to business insights in near real-time. This provides an opportunity to improve operations within each shift

Equipment rentals benefit from dwindling economy

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd July 2020 Owing to the recent economic downturn caused by the Covid-19 outbreak, many clients of heavy equipment solutions provider Bobcat Equipment South Africa are opting for short-term rental options, rather than the long-term commitment of buying. The rental segment has contributed significantly to... 

Equipment rentals benefit from dwindling economy
RENTAL BUSINESS GROWTH To deal with the expected increase in demand for rentals, Bobcat has ensured that its rental fleets nationwide were repaired, serviced and ready for service

Company leverages 20 years’ experience to benefit clients

3rd July 2020 The selection of suitable equipment for specific earthmoving tasks is critical, not only to optimise productivity, but to also ensure efficient capital expenditure, minimal downtime and safety on site, notes Equipment supplier HPE Africa. It is also critical that the equipment that is selected... 

Community relations vital for thriving mining operations

By: Theresa Bhowan     3rd July 2020 With South America being rich in natural minerals, and communities having a strong relation to the land, mining companies have to approach communities correctly if they want projects to be sustainable, Washington-based law firm Miller & Chevalier tells Mining Weekly. 

Community relations vital for thriving mining operations
MATTESON ELLIS There are significant economic implications if a sophisticated approach to handling community relationships is not taken

Covid kills 13 mineworkers, no foreigners back at work  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd July 2020 Thirteen mineworkers have now succumbed to the coronavirus, Minerals Council South Africa public affairs and transformation senior executive Tebello Chabana said on Thursday. Of the 13 who have died, seven were employed in platinum mining in North West province, which has the most cases at 1 413... 

Covid kills 13 mineworkers, no foreigners back at work
Minerals Council South Africa Covid update covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Hydrogen-powered aviation preparing for takeoff – study 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd July 2020 Hydrogen as an energy source will play a key role in transforming aviation into a zero-carbon/climate-neutral system over the next few decades, an independent study states in estimating that the first short-range hydrogen-powered demonstrator could be developed by 2028 if sufficient investments... 

Hydrogen-powered aviation preparing for takeoff – study
Strong steps being taken to clean up the skies by using hydrogen to power aircraft.

At least 113 killed as Myanmar jade mine collapse buries workers

By: Reuters     2nd July 2020 A landslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar killed at least 113 people, with more feared dead, authorities said on Thursday, after a heap of mining waste collapsed into a lake, triggering a wave of mud and water that buried many workers. The miners were collecting stones in the jade-rich... 

R10m Covid testing lab unveiled at De Beers' Venetia diamond mine

By: Martin Creamer     1st July 2020 De Beers Venetia Mine has unveiled a R10-million coronavirus testing laboratory that will be used to check the diamond mines’ employees and contractors for Covid-19. Discussion with the Department of Health is also under way on assisting with the government’s screening efforts in the mine’s... 

R10m Covid testing lab unveiled at De Beers' Venetia diamond mine
Limpopo MEC of Health Dr Phophi Ramathuba (left) and De Beers Group Managed Operations MD Mpumi Zikalala (right).

Platinum group metals in pole position to benefit from global decarbonisation thrust  

By: Martin Creamer     1st July 2020 Platinum group metals are in pole position to benefit from the fast-growing global decarbonisation momentum, Mining Weekly can today report. A multiplicity of global announcements are emerging daily that inextricably link platinum-catalysed hydrogen fuel cells as well as platinum-catalysed... 

Platinum group metals in pole position to benefit from global decarbonisation thrust
AP Ventures founding partner Kevin Eggers interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Guidelines launched to improve mining waste storage facility safety

By: Donna Slater     30th June 2020 Nonprofit environmental and community organisation Earthworks, together with an international group of 142 scientists, community groups and nongovernmental organisations from 24 countries, have published a set of 16 guidelines for the safer storage of mine waste. The guidelines, titled 'Safety... 

Exxaro says safety strategy paying off

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th June 2020 JSE-listed diversified miner Exxaro has achieved 730 lost-time-injury- (LTI-) free days at the plant and central engineering workshop work areas within the Matla coal mine. This is equivalent to two years of zero mineworker LTIs, it says.  

Exxaro says safety strategy paying off

Pleasantly surprised by productivity during lockdown – Babcock Ntuthuko Engineering  

By: Martin Creamer     30th June 2020 Engineering company Babcock Ntuthuko Engineering has been pleasantly surprised by the productivity and agility that the lockdown has afforded it as an engineering house engaged in the energy sector. Babcock Ntuthuko Engineering’s major industrial clients include State electricity utility Eskom... 

Pleasantly surprised by productivity during lockdown – Babcock Ntuthuko Engineering
Babcock Ntuthuko Engineering CEO Thava Govender interviewed by Engineering News & Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Intensive communication playing key role in curbing Covid at South Deep  

By: Martin Creamer     29th June 2020 Way ahead of any indication of national lockdown, South Deep gold mine started an intensive and focused communication awareness campaign to shield its people from the coronavirus pandemic. It placed a lot of reliance on leadership across the board, going down to basic family leadership, and put... 

Intensive communication playing key role in curbing Covid at South Deep
Gold Fields VP Martin Preece talks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer on South Deep. Video: Darlene Creamer.

IGF releases fourth ‘Guidance for Governments’ report

By: Simone Liedtke     26th June 2020 The Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) has released its newest Guidance for Governments report, titled 'Improving Legal Frameworks for Environmental- and Social-Impact Assessment and Management. IGF outreach manager and law adviser Clémence Naré... 

SA Inc must act now to take ownership of battery metals value chain – Bushveld 

By: Martin Creamer     26th June 2020 Bold action is needed by South Africa Inc to take ownership of the significant potential share of the global battery metals market open to it, says Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo. Speaking to Mining Weekly following this week’s presentation by the company of solid 2019 financial results... 

SA Inc must act now to take ownership of battery metals value chain – Bushveld
Wind and sun are producing clean electricity that vanadium flow batteries can store.

Free health checks for Qld quarry workers

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th June 2020 The Queensland government on Friday announced mandatory free health checks for life for the state’s 15 000 mineral mine and quarry workers, to protect them from mine dust lung diseases. The free checks would apply from September 1. “Every Queensland worker has the right to safe working... 

Refinery prepares for ramp-up

By: Mamaili Mamaila     26th June 2020 In line with the Level 4 and Level 3 regulations announced by South Africa’s Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, precious metals refining and smelting complex Rand Refinery is preparing to ramp up its operations.  

Refinery prepares  for ramp-up
PRAVEEN BAIJNATH Rand Refinery remains committed to its obligations

Nature of mining thwarts pandemic response

By: Mamaili Mamaila     26th June 2020 As almost all of South Africa’s gold mines are underground operations, the lockdown essentially brought this sector to a halt for some time, says independent consulting firm of engineers and scientists SRK Consulting. 

Nature of mining thwarts pandemic response
MARCIN WERTZ While some work can be done remotely, and meetings can be held online, the lack of access to site has hampered some projects

Lesotho opens more border posts for return of foreign mineworkers 

By: Martin Creamer     25th June 2020 Lesotho has opened up more border posts to speed up  the return to work of locked-down foreign mineworkers. As reported  by Mining Weekly last week, 12 000 mineworkers had one border post at their disposal on re-entering South Africa from Lesotho and the opening of more border posts was requested. 

Lesotho opens more border posts for return of foreign mineworkers
Minerals Council South Africa environment, health and legacies senior executive Nikisi Lesufi.

Anglo American calls for cooperative response in trying times 

By: Schalk Burger     25th June 2020 Diversified miner Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani has called for a society-wide response to the global Covid-19 crisis and says the miner is committed to global tax and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). In its Tax and Economic Contribution report for the year ended... 

Anglo American calls for cooperative response in trying times
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani

Six mineworkers die from Covid-19 – Minerals Council  

By: Martin Creamer     25th June 2020 Six mineworkers have succumbed to coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, Minerals Council South Africa said on Thursday. Back at work so far and screened daily are 272 770 mineworkers, on which 16 994 tests have been conducted, yielding 1 796 positive Covid cases and 666 recoveries,... 

Six mineworkers die from Covid-19 – Minerals Council
Minerals Council South Africa’s Covid update covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Infrastructure investment only way to propel economy forward – New Development Bank 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd June 2020 The only way for South Africa to propel the South African economy forward is to invest further in productive infrastructure, New Development Bank VP Leslie Maasdorp said on Tuesday. Maasdorp was speaking during a virtual Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium of South Africa (Sidssa),... 

Infrastructure investment only way to propel economy forward – New Development Bank
Photo by Creamer Media
New Development Bank VP Leslie Maasdorp
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